33. Teaching concerning the Entrance
into the Kingdom of God
a. Humbling Oneself
9 And 1He told this parable also to certain ones who atrusted in themselves that they were brighteous and despised the rest:
10 Two men awent up to the temple to pray, the one a bPharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee astood and prayed these things to himself: God, I thank You that I am 1not like the rest of men -- extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12 I 1afast twice a 2week; I bgive a tenth of all that I get.
13 But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would anot even lift up his eyes to heaven, but bbeat his breast, saying, God, be 1propitiated to me, the csinner!
14 I tell you, This man went down to his house ajustified rather than that one; for everyone who exalts himself shall be bhumbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted.
b. Being like a Little Child
15 And they were bringing to Him also their ababies that He might touch them. But when the disciples saw this they brebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them to Him, saying, Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not 1aforbid them, for of such is the 2bkingdom of God.
17 Truly I say to you, Whoever does not receive the akingdom of God like a 1blittle child shall by no means enter into it.
c. Renouncing All and Following the Man-Savior
18 And a 1certain ruler questioned Him, asaying, Good Teacher, 2what shall I do to binherit ceternal life?
19 But Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One -- God.
20 You know the commandments: "Do anot commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, bhonor your father and mother.''
21 And he said, aAll these things I have kept from my youth.
22 And hearing this, Jesus said to him, Still you lack one thing: all that you have, asell and distribute to the bpoor, and you will have treasure in the cheavens; and come, dfollow Me.
23 But when he aheard these things, he became very sorrowful, for he was exceedingly rich.
24 And Jesus, seeing that he became very sorrowful, said, How difficult it is for those who have ariches to go into the kingdom of God.
25 For it is easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a 1needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And those who heard said, 1Then who can be saved?
27 But He said, The things that are impossible with men are apossible with God.
28 And Peter said, Behold, we have aleft our own things and have bfollowed You.
29 And He said to them, Truly I say to you that there is no one who has left house or wife or abrothers or parents or children 1for the sake of the bkingdom of God,
30 Who shall not by all means receive back many times as much in 1this time, and in the acoming age, beternal life.